According to the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), there is currently a national shortage of roughly 200,000 truck drivers. Trucking industry experts cite the large number of retiring truck drivers, as well as long hours and difficult working conditions as reasons for the driver shortage.
In recent years, concerns over the number of truck accidents in the United States has caused federal regulators to take steps to direct companies to focus on safety. Most notably, federal regulations now require the publication of the safety records of not only trucking companies, but also individual drivers.
In no small part because of the new federal regulations, trucking companies claim that they only want to hire the safest drivers they can find. If the shortage of drivers continues, it seems likely that companies may relax their standards.
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Source: JournalStar.com, “Trucking companies dealing with shortage of drivers,” Matt Olberding.